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June 25, 2010
Game: Parasite Eve
Song: Somnia Memorias
Composer: Yoko Shimomura
Above: Somnia Memorias from Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve is one of my favorite games of all time, and the soundtrack is a big part of why I remember it so fondly.
Yoko Shimomura's compositions aren't just well-suited to the game; they also evoke their own powerful imagery. Theme of Aya sounds like the light reflected off a rain-wet NYC street in the dead of night, and Theme of Mitochrondria is pure primordial ooze. Today's selection, Somnia Memorias, brings these two contrasting worlds together. In it you can hear the sophistication of the big city mixed with the dampness of a rainforest brimming with mysterious life. It sounds delicate and deadly at the same time.
It may seem too obvious to pick the ending credits of a game as my favorite song, but nostaglia overrides all in this case. I remember running to the computer the second the credits finished rolling to frantically check if the ending song was available on Napster. It was, and I listened to it on repeat on my Aya Brea-skinned Winamp for like a month.
If you've never played Parasite Eve, I would argue that it's one of the few PS1 games that still totally holds up despite how admitted ugly the gameplay looks by today's standards. I guarantee if you watch this intro you'll have a hard time resisting buying it off Amazon RIGHT NOW:
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